More than 2,200 court summons have been issued by Melton Council since council tax benefit changes came into effect earlier this year.
Since April (to date)the council has issued 2,239 summons compared to 2,124 for the same April to October period last year (figures stated as of October 14).
A council spokesman said: “Over the last few years there’s been a general rise in reminders and summons issued. In these hard times it’s no surprise people are struggling to make ends meet.
“The changes to council tax benefit, now replaced with a local council tax support scheme, means those who would have received 100 per cent support under the council tax benefit scheme pay no more than 8.5 per cent towards their council tax.
“To help those struggling to pay their council tax we’ve made applying for financial help as simple as possible. We have a scheme called discretionary council tax support which is intended to provide customers with further financial assistance, in addition to any welfare benefits, where the council considers help with council tax is required.
“The payments are made to ensure people don’t suffer high levels of hardship where there’s a shortfall between amounts of council tax and council tax support paid.
“By spotting early those who need help with council tax payments we can make more of a difference and help people to reduce their money worries.
“Anyone having difficulties paying their council tax should contact us or go to our help pages at www.melton.gov.uk”